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Is there a correct order for food consumption to help with digestion?

Q. When eating fruit is it better to eat it before you eat your meals because of digestion issues? I was told to eat my fruit before consuming the other foods because the fruit being eaten after would sit on top of the food waiting to be digested.


A. There is no correct order in which food should be consumed. When foods are eaten during the same meal, they are all mixed together in the stomach. Remember to include high fiber foods in your meals. Fiber rich foods such as fruits and vegetables can fill up with fewer calories which may be favorable for weight control.

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